According to Mary Schmitt Boyer from The Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers made an interesting offer for Kevin Love last summer.
Allegedly, Cleveland offered Minnesota the first overall pick in the 2013 draft, Tristan Thompson, and Dion Waiters in exchange for Love. Mercifully, new POBO Flip Saunders turned down this rumored deal, and the Cavs are still searching for that piece that will supposedly lure LeBron James back to Ohio.
Of course, that offer was laughable at best. Waiters is essentially an inefficient, hefty chucker that fancies himself a ‘natural scorer’. Thompson is a nice player, but will never be more than a rotational piece/third big on a playoff team. And the number one overall pick in one of the worst drafts in recent memory, well, it wasn’t your typical #1 draft pick. Embarrassingly, the Cavs ended up reaching for the chunky version of Derrick Williams (Anthony Bennett), and likely kicked away that selection altogether.
Somehow, there are folks out there in Internet Land that believe that this offer was of the ‘Godfather’ variety, and the Wolves have already overplayed their hand. Clearly, if Saunders turned down this offer, he’ll simply keep turning down offers throughout the next calender year. In the NBA, teams cannot afford to simply fork over a top-six player who might leave, in two years, for two or three unknowns. Wolves fans have certainly seen their fair share of mismanagement up close and personal, but accepting a trade like this would have been as hideous and costly an example as possible.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer piece goes on to suggest that the Wolves don’t need guards, and alas, guards are the only thing that the Cavs could offer. This is blatantly erroneous, of course. The Wolves do, in fact, need guards. They have a starting point guard (Ricky Rubio), and the only other point guard on the roster is J.J. Barea, whom they are likely trying to move. The only true shooting guard is Kevin Martin, although Corey Brewer and Chase Budinger can masquerade as such if need be.
Also, as it turns out, if the Wolves traded Love, how many power forwards would remain on the current roster? The answer, of course, is zero. Dante Cunningham is a free agent, not to mention a role player and alleged felon, and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is more small forward than he is a ‘4’.
The Cavaliers are simply not a match for the Wolves if they were indeed trying to move their superstar.
Don’t worry, we’ll cover any and all Kevin Love trade “rumors” throughout the off-season, and laugh heartily at those that deserve a large amount of scorn. This alleged offer by the Cleveland Cavaliers falls squarely into such a category.